Nationals WA Member of Parliament and candidate for the seat of Geraldton Paul Brown MP, is thrilled with the announcement that Geraldton has been chosen as the home of Central Regional TAFE.
“Following the recent TAFE Reform announcements, there was a great deal of fear and uncertainty in the Geraldton community around the future of the former Durack Institute of Technology,” Mr Brown said.
“I lobbied extensively in Parliament and out in the community for Geraldton to be the home of Central Regional TAFE and am thrilled with today’s announcement.”
“Geraldton’s former Durack Institute of Technology is an award winning institute that features prominently year after year at the Australian Training Awards at National and State levels. It is fitting and a sensible decision that Geraldton has been chosen as the site of Central
Regional TAFE. It is a testament to the highly experienced and valuable educators, both past and present who have worked hard for this acknowledgement.” Mr Brown said.
The decision to base Central TAFE in Geraldton follows the recent announcement of former Durack Institute of Technology Managing Director Bill Swetman as the interim Managing Director of the Central Region TAFE.
TAFE reform has seen the amalgamation of the eleven TAFE colleges and their 70 campuses,many located throughout regional WA, to a network of five TAFE colleges. These five TAFE colleges have two TAFE colleges located in the Perth metropolitan area, and three TAFE colleges in regional WA. Regional TAFE colleges have be amalgamated under Northern Regional TAFE, Central Regional TAFE and South Regional TAFE.
TAFE campuses located in Exmouth, Carnarvon, Wiluna, Kalgoorlie, Merredin, Northam,Moora and Geraldton have come under the management of Central Regional TAFE.
The Geraldton campus will be the primary location for the college’s Managing Director Bill Swetman and the main administration centre. Additional executive staff will be situated across the other regional campuses to maintain a strong staff presence at these locations.